August 6, 2013
Aiken, S.C. -- Savannah River Remediation (SRR) Engineer and Project Management Professional, Rana O'Bryant, has enriched the learning opportunity for students at a summer youth engineering camp, promoting STEM-related career fields.
GoSciTech is an annual residential summer camp sponsored by the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, S.C. For one week, rising eighth, ninth and tenth graders attended GoSciTech to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in an interactive, hands-on environment.
A professional in her field, O'Bryant believes in using her technical knowledge learned at SRR to benefit students' career aspirations. She saw, by the end of the week, students feeling better about their interests in engineering.
"These students have just begun their thought process of what STEM-related careers they want to pursue," said O'Bryant. "It is a passion of mine to give students real-world experience while they are making college and career-related decisions."
O'Bryant incorporated project management and business principles into the students' final project of building gum drop domes. Students learned how to work in design teams, respond to customer requests, deal with design constraints and adhere to a budget. At the end of the week, the gum drop domes went through a test of strength, measured by how many text books they could withstand.
Additionally, using liquid waste information and tank closure videos, O'Bryant showed the students what a career in nuclear engineering looks like.
SRR has a history of supporting STEM-related programs. From elementary school classroom grants to college-level scholarships, SRR has invested in reaching out to share resources and knowledge to help science programs.
"It's important we educate the next generation who will eventually help fulfill SRR's mission of dispositioning waste and closing tanks at the Savannah River Site," said O'Bryant.
SRR is the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site, which is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is comprised of a team of companies led by URS Corp. with partners Bechtel National, CH2M Hill and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and URS Professional Solutions.
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